Geek Girl VLogging Workshop at Geek Girl Con

October 6, 2011

I’m thrilled to be apart of the first Geek Girl Con coming up this weekend in Seattle.  On Sunday, I have two sessions I’m participating in:

Geek Girl Vlogging
Vlog your way to a better tomorrow! Feminist Frequency and Reel Grrls team up to host a Geek Girl video blogging workshop. This introductory workshop covers the basic how to of video blogging from shooting to publishing. See examples of some of the most interesting vlogs on the net with panelists’ critique on the do’s and don’ts of creating compelling online videos.
Panelists: Maile Martinez and Anita Sarkeesian.

Media Literacy, Criticism, and Production
Geek Girls are fluent in popular culture, yet sometimes miss the subtext imbedded in the words and images put out by the media. Panelists will open your eyes to the good, the bad, and the ugly of media and help you to start asking questions of media creators, distributors, and consumers.
Panelists: Maile Martinez (moderator), Anita Sarkeesian, Leah Wilson, Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Kelsey Wallace, Kjerstin Johnson

 Resources and Recommended Videos below


Here are some resources that we have put together that are helpful when creating and promoting your videoblog/webshow.


  • MPEG Streamclip – 
MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows.
  • Miro Video Converter – 
A super simple way to convert almost any video to MP4, WebM (vp8), Ogg Theora, or for Android, iPhone, and more.
  • Fire Fogg – Allows users to encode videos in ogg and webm formats and upload them to compatible sites. (HTML5)
  • DownloadHelper – 
DownloadHelper is also a free Firefox extension for downloading and converting videos from many sites with minimum effort.


  • ccMixter – 
ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.
  • Creative Commons Search – 
Find Creative Commons licensed media


  • Universal Subtitles – 
Universal Subtitles is a free open source subtitling and translating video platform.


VLogs and Web Shows

Check out these videos, vlogs and web shows


Do’s & Don’t’s of Vlogging

This list of do’s and don’t’s was collectively brainstormed in the videoblogging session

Bechdel Test for Women in Movies by Feminist Frequency

  • Used Humour
  • Not ranty
  • Not angry/not accusational
  • Use of examples
  • Focused on one clear point
  • Backdrop with clean focus/uncluttered
  • made use of the visual medium

How to Tell People They Sound Racist by IllDoctrine

  • Jump cuts were smooth and camera angle changed
  • A story arc/structure – beginning/middle/end
  • Music, helped give the video rhythm
  • Engaged with the audience directly
  • Changed style while talking, between academic/theoretical and used humor, metaphorical
  • Black and white filter didn’t distract from the video

Grrl Vlog #1: Bristol Palin’s New PSA by Reel Grrls


  • – Used clips to illustrate point
  • – two points of view with two vloggers
  • – clear point and narrative arc
  • – timely and relevant
  • – nuanced analysis
  • – resources at the end


  • looked awkward when not talking
  • if having a conversation, look at each other
  • enunciation and delivery
  • hot pink was distracting – colour scheme was distracting from the content
  • music could barely be heard and was distracting when heard, should be used to pace video sliding transitions were distracting
  • announcing that its the first video
  • was about the event but didn’t have the hook that makes it timeless (could focus on the larger issue)
  • lighting was different on each vlogger
  • too long
  • comments that were stream of consciousness could have been cut out when not relevant


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